September 2018 Newsletter

PIP Newsletter (Cooper’s Crossing)

September 2018 Newsletter



We are so excited about a new school year at PIP. We will have a lot of fun this year and will grow in leaps and bounds.  This month we will be focusing on the theme of All About Me and Farm. We will be doing activities and playing games that focus self and life and animals found on a farm.


Please bring in a family picture as soon as possible. We need it for some fun activities and also for our Family Tree Wall!




14  Brain Development FOPS


If your child attended PIP last year you likely came to this FOPS and do not need to attend unless you want a refresher. If your child did not attended PIP I will let you know the specific time on this date.


24     No school for children


This month we will explore an All About Me theme. Specifically, we will learn about body parts and body awareness (knowing where your body is and how to move it as well about the people in our own family and that all families look different).


We will also be doing fun activities and playing games based on the Farm, farms are busy places where people and animals work and live. There are many ways that we can play farm with our friends. We can pretend to grow and harvest corn or wheat. We can imagine that we take care of animals by brushing the horses or feeding the cows. We can also play driving tractors, riding horses, picking fruit off trees or collecting eggs. Farms are fun places to play and learn!


Pattern of the Month


Each day at school as part of Calendar Activities we count the days of the month so far. Each calendar day has a different picture to help the children learn patterns. This month the pattern is Apples, Hugs, Apples Hugs… .  We will sign as we go through the calendar and eventually the children will as well. We do not necessarily use American Sign Language, often it is a version that is adapted for little hands.



Nouns: Family words (mom, dad, sister, brother, etc.),  Body parts (eyes, ears, mouth, nose, toes, etc.)

Pig, Cow, Horse, Chicken, Dog, Sheep, Goat, Hen, Egg, Barn, Fence, Tractor, Fruit, Truck,

Pronouns: He/His, She/Her

Verbs and Helper Verbs: Running, Crawling, Riding, Galloping, Growing, Has/Have, Is/Are, Do/Does

Prepositions: In front, Behind, Beside, On Top, Under


Concept words: Colours (black, brown, white, pink), Big/Small, Messy/Clean, Hard/Soft, Wet/Dry, Same/Different


Special Activities

Playdough Self Portrait

Boo-Boo Body Awareness Band-Aid Centre

Cheerio Corn

Famer’s Basket

Chick Craft

Blue Truck Literacy Centre


These are the songs we sing often at school:

Hello Song

Hello (child’s name) , Hello (child’s name), Hello (child’s name),

How are you today?


Clean Up Song

Clean Up, Clean Up,

Everybody, Everywhere

Clean Up, Clean Up,

Everybody do your Share.


Calendar Song

(Tune: One Little song)











November and December,

These are the months of the year


Days of the Week Song

(Tune: Adam’s Family theme)

It’s Sunday and it’s Monday,

It’s Tuesday and it’s Wednesday,

It’s Thursday and it’s Friday

And then it’s Saturday,

Days of the Week, (clap, clap)

Days of the Week, (clap, clap)

Days of the Week,

Days of the Week,

Days of the Week



I Can Sing a Rainbow Song (with signs)


Red and yellow and pink and green

Purple and orange and blue

I can sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow too!

I can sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow too


Songs for the Month :

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

(sit with feet out point to body parts when they come up in the song)

Head and shoulders, knees and toes,

Knees and toes. knees and toes

Head, shoulders, knees and toes,

eyes,  ears,  mouth,

And nose.


Teddy Bear Teddy Bear (follows the actions as needed)

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn around.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the ground.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, jump up high.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the sky.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, bend down low.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch your toes.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn off the light.

Everybody say, “ shh!”

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, say goodnight


I am Special (Tune: Frere Jacques)

I am special, I am special

Look at me, look at me!

I can touch my nose, I can touch my nose.

Look at me, look at me!

(Repeat with other body parts, if able give children chance to choose)





Sally Goes to the Farm by Stephen Huneck

The Cow Who Clucked by Denise Fleming

Over the Meadow by Paul Galdone

Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle


Special Helper


On four day weeks starting in October we have a special helper at PIP. All children will get an opportunity to be special helper at school. The special helper gets to be teacher helper, line leader and bring a different object from home every day to share with the class.







Therapist Tips



Miss Allaina SLP: Farm animal words are very familiar to most children. This makes it a great theme for expanding vocabulary. Talk about the characteristics of the animals (colour, size, smell, etc.). For example: “That cow is SMALL, it’s a baby!”, “BLACK horse”, "SMELLY pig". Ask questions that get your child thinking like “Where do those cows sleep?”, “Who feeds the sheep?”, “What do those horses want to eat?”


Miss Katie, OT and Miss Cathy PT:  A strong core provides the stability we need for working with our hands.  Activities such as coloring, drawing, cutting, and dressing are much easier to do when we have a strong core.  Weight bearing through our hands helps build this strength.  Please see a list of ideas below on how to incorporate these activities at home.

-       Wheelbarrow walk: While on your knees, keep elbows straight and place your hand on the

floor.  A person will pick up your legs by holding at the ankles or knees while you walk

forward with your hands.

-       Donkey Kick: While on all fours kick one leg in the air.  Make sure to switch between legs.

-       Frog jump: Squat down like a frog with your hands in-between your knees. Push off with your feet to spring forward.

-    Cows, horses, pigs: Bend forward with hands on the floor and walk around. Or crawl around on hands and knees.



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